3 Best Shaved Beef Recipes You Need to Try

May 19, 2023

Shaved beef has a large fan base and is known the world over, thanks to its versatility. Shaved beef makes all kinds of culinary audacity possible. Trust me, my kitchen is used to shaved beef preparations. 

My best shaved beef recipes are Mongolian shaved beef cooked in hot oil, steak quesadilla wrapped in flour tortilla, and Philly cheesesteak sandwich prepared with cheese, vegetables and wrapped with a toasted bun. 

You can find these thinly sliced ​​beef recipes at the base of Asian-inspired dishes and many European cuisines. In today’s article, I’ll show you the recipes for these shaved beef delicacies listed above.

Shaved Beef Recipes

Mongolian Shaved Beef Recipe

One of the best shaved beef recipes is hands down the Mongolian beef. Mongolian shaved steak is a quick, easy and delicious family-friendly recipe. 


  • 400 grams of thinly sliced sirloin steak 
  • 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • A pinch each of salt and pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons of cornflour or cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 8 chopped spring or green onions
  • 6 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 120 mil or half a cup of dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger 
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic 
Gently Sliced Meat Pieces Tempered With Spicy Sauce


Step 1: Get the Steak Shaved

For this Asian-inspired dish, we use about 400 grams of steak cut into thin beef slices. I like to use sirloin steak, but you’re free to use shaved flank steak, Denver, or skirt steak. 

Step 2: Coat the Shaved Steak 

Let’s start by coating the shaved steak. Take a tablespoon and a half of corn flour or cornstarch and a pinch of salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Then mix them to coat the steak.

Step 3: Heat Oil in Your Wok

You have to start by heating 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil in your wok. 

Step 4: Cook the Steak in Hot Oil

After that, cook the steak strips in the hot oil, occasionally turning until they get very dark and crispy. Then cook the beef for about five minutes without turning. 

Don’t keep moving it around the pan all the time. Otherwise, you won’t get that lovely crispy dark coating. 

Step 5: Remove the Steak 

Use a slotted spoon to remove the beef from the pan and place it in a bowl with some kitchen roll to drain the excess fat. 

Step 6: Pour Ginger and Garlic Into the Pan 

Now we’ll pour all but a tablespoon of oil out of the wok. Then, turn the heat down to medium. Next, add three cloves of minced garlic and a tablespoon of minced ginger and cook that for a minute. 

Step 7: Add Your Soy Sauce and Other Ingredients

Next goes 120ml or half a cup of dark soy sauce. Follow it up with a quarter of a teaspoon of black pepper, six tablespoons of light brown sugar, and 90 ml or a third of a cup of water. 

Step 8: Mix and Let Simmer 

Give it a good mix, turn up the heat and bring it to a boil. Simmer for about two to three minutes. 

Step 9: Add the Beef Back in 

Now add that crispy beef back into the pan. Cook for a further two minutes to heat through the beef. 

Step 10: Add Some Chopped Spring Onions 

Then, add eight chopped green onions and stir them together to smother the beef and green onions in that delicious sauce. 

That’s how you make a fantastic crispy Mongolian beef. Just spoon the beef over boiled rice to serve and enjoy while it’s hot. 

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Steak Quesadillas Recipe

Steak quesadilla is another shaved beef recipe that is easy to make from start to finish. 

I’m starting by making the vegetable mixture that will be one of my layers in the quesadilla. 


  • 3/4 to 1 pound of shaved beef 
  • 1 cup of diced onion 
  • 1 cup of diced bell pepper 
  • 1 cup of diced mushrooms 
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Flour tortillas
  • Pepper jack cheese 
  • Monterrey jack cheese 
Freshly Prepared Steak Quesadillas


Step 1: Pour Some Oil Into a Large Skillet 

With your skillet on medium heat, start by adding about 3 teaspoons of olive oil to the skillet. 

Step 2: Add the Veggies and Stir 

Add the diced onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and a little salt. 

Cook on medium heat and stir for about five minutes or until tender. 

Step 3: Add Some Minced Garlic 

This is a great time to add some flavor, so you may add some garlic and let that cook for about 20 to 30 seconds. 

Step 4: Remove the Veggies From the Pan 

Remove all the cooked veggies from the heat and set them aside inside a bowl. 

Step 5: Add More Oil and Introduce the Shaved Beef

Add a little more oil and shaved beef in the same skillet on medium-high heat. 

Next comes the beef. I like to use shaved beef from the local store. It is the finest cut and is so thin you can almost see through the pieces.

Step 6: Season, Cook, and Stir the Meat 

Season with a little salt and black pepper. Then, cook and stir until it turns golden brown and you no longer see the pink color.

Step 7: Add Some Sauce 

Before taking the beef off the heat, you may add some sauce for flavor. I like to add a little Worcestershire sauce. It really adds a nice tang to the preparation. 

Stir, and after a couple of minutes, remove the beef from the pan and set it to one side. 

Step 8: Coat a Grill Pan With Oil and Place on Heat

Now it’s time to make the steak quesadillas. You’ll need your grill pan. Begin by coating it with a little oil. Then, set the heat to a low medium. 

Step 9: Add the Flour Tortilla  

I also like to brush the bottom side of the flour tortilla with a little oil. Place it in the pan after doing that. 

The key to making a quesadilla is starting and ending with cheese. This will help hold the content or glue it together. 

Step 10: Add the Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack Cheese 

Add some grated Monterey Jack and some grated pepper jack cheese. It will give it a nice bite. 

Now add a layer of the cooked garlic veggies and finally top it with some more Monterey Jack cheese.

Step 11: Fold the Tortilla Over 

Fold over the tortilla and give it a smash with your spatula to keep it in place and give it brown grill marks.

Step 12: Continue Flipping the Quesadilla 

Let the quesadilla cook for a couple of minutes. Just keep checking the bottom, so it doesn’t burn. 

You may need to adjust your heat along the way. Once I see the cheese melting, I give it a flip and cook for another minute. 

Step 13: Serve on a Platter and Cut It in Half 

Remove them from the pan and place on a platter. Let the steak quesadilla rest for a minute and then cut in half. 

I like to serve it with a garden salsa and two slices of lime. The choice is yours. 

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Recipe 

I’ll end the shaved beef recipes list with this super-easy Philly cheesesteak sandwich recipe. Stay tuned for the recipe.


  • 400 to 450 grams beef slices 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 sliced green bell pepper 
  • 1 sliced onion 
  • 4 provolone cheese slices 
  • Toasted buns 
Delicious Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich


Step 1: Get a Prepackaged Shaved Beef Steak or Cut Yours 

As always, we’ll start with the package of thin-sliced steak. It works great for making shaved steak sandwiches. 

You can find it in a grocery store or buy a full flank steak or skirt steak and cut it into shaved beef sizes. By the way, flank steak is more affordable. 

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Step 2: Choose a Pan and Start Cooking the Veggies 

You can make this Philly cheesesteak sandwich on a grill pan. I also like to use a cast iron pan. Start by adding the onions and bell peppers to the pan on medium heat. 

Then, add a couple of tablespoons of oil to the bottom and one medium diced onion. 

Step 3: Add Some Seasoning 

Add in a pinch of salt and black pepper. Then keep cooking and stirring for a couple of minutes. 

Step 4: Add Some Green Bell Pepper 

Add some diced green bell pepper and keep cooking while stirring for another three to four minutes or until the veggies soften. 

If you want, you could also add in some mushrooms. I like to let onions get a little bit caramelized. 

Step 5: Set the Onions and Peppers to One Side 

Once done, remove and set the onions and peppers to a side. Then, turn your cooker to medium-high heat. 

Step 6: Add a Little More Oil and the Beef 

Add a little more oil and then the beef steak after some 30 seconds. 

Spread the beef and let it cook for a couple of minutes so it gets a nice browning. 

With the beef sliced so thin, it will only take three to four minutes for the beef to cook. 

Step 7: Shred the Meat With Two Forks 

Take two forks and use them to shred the beef into smaller pieces.

Step 8: Add Some More Seasoning 

At the end of the steak cooking, add in your seasonings and a little salt and black pepper. 

You can add anything else you want. For example, garlic, onion powder, or even a few drizzles of Worcestershire sauce or spicy ginger garlic sauce for a little tang. 

Continue cooking and giving everything a toss with your spatula.

Step 9: Add the Cheese 

It wouldn’t be Philly cheesesteak without the cheese. I suggest you start with the provolone cheese. 

Place four of the cheese on what you’re cooking. Cover with the pan lid and let that melt for 30 seconds to a minute.

You can make your beef sandwich and leave the melted cheese on top, or toss it in with the beef, onions, and peppers. 

I like the melted cheese tossed because it makes everything nice, yummy, and gooey. 

Step 10: Serve 

You can serve the Philly cheesesteak inside toasted hoagie rolls and a side dish of coleslaw. 

Final Thoughts

Note that you can find prepackaged shaved beef at most grocery stores. If not, you can cut your own steak into ultra-thin slices. 

Make sure it’s sirloin, flank, Denver, or skirt steak. This can be done by partially freezing the steak. 

It makes it nice, firm, and easier to cut for your Mongolian beef, Philly cheesesteak sandwich, quesadillas, or other shaved steak recipes such as steak bomb recipe. 

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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